Jean Beauvoir

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Jean Beauvoir
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Background information
BornChicago, Illinois, USA
GenresRock, hard rock, pop rock, punk rock
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, synthesizer, piano, drums
Years active1978–present
LabelsColumbia Records
Interscope Records
Virgin Records
Now & Then Records
Voodoo Island Records
Frontiers Records
Associated actsCrown of Thorns, Voodoo X, The Plasmatics, The Ramones, Little Steven, Kiss, N'SYNC, Doro Pesch, The Pretenders, Debbie Harry, Glenn Hughes, Bruce Springsteen, Cameo, Nona Hendryx, John Waite.

Jean Beauvoir is an American singer, bassist, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and entertainment executive.


Beauvoir was born in Chicago to parents of Haitian background. He played drums as a child and switched to bass as a teenager. He was Gary U.S. Bonds' musical director at age 14, following this he sang in the doo wop group The Flamingos. He gained his first music experiences with these groups touring the US performing at Dick Clark revival concerts.[1] He was kicked out of his home due to his desire to pursue music as a profession by his disapproving father at age 15 and lived with band members then out on his own.[2] He moved to New York City during the punk rock explosion and answered a newspaper ad for a bassist, which led to his joining The Plasmatics for three albums.[3] While with the Plasmatics and subsequently, Beauvoir sported a conspicuous blond mohawk.[4]

He left the group after their release Beyond the Valley of 1984 to join Steve Van Zandt's Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul for two albums.

In 1985, Beauvoir co-wrote and recorded several songs with Paul Stanley of the band Kiss for their thirteenth studio album, Asylum.[5] Beauvoir even played bass and provided backing vocals in Gene Simmons' absence on the songs "Who Wants to Be Lonely" and "Uh! All Night." Following this, he launched a solo career with the album Drums Along the Mohawk, released in the U.K. on Virgin Records in 1986. That same year, the track "Feel the Heat" was chosen by Sylvester Stallone for his film, Cobra.[1] The song was a hit, charting Top 10 across Europe and Australia and reaching No. 73 on the Billboard Hot 100.[6] On the strength of the single, Drums Along the Mohawk was released in the U.S. and peaked at No. 93 on the Billboard 200.[7]

Beauvoir produced and co-wrote the Ramones song "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down," originally titled "Bonzo Goes To Bitburg." In addition to his film music work with Sylvester Stallone, his credit list includes the title tracks or theme songs for the movies Pet Sematary, where he produced and arranged The Ramones' biggest radio hit, which reached No. 4 on Billboards Modern Rock Chart, Shocker, Flawless, School of Rock, Christmas with the Kranks, where he produced and arranged the song Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight), and performed, produced and wrote the end title song Merry Christmas To All of the World, The Guilty, Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever, Berlin Nights, RV, Unthinkable, and Why Him?

Beauvoir founded and serves as CEO/President of Voodoo Island Entertainment Group whose divisions included Voodoo Island Records and Voodoo Island Productions.[3] Beauvoir is also the founder and CEO/President of Hot Boy Music and Tigre Noire Music.[8]

For 612 years, c. 2004–2010, Beauvoir took a break from performing and served as CEO/managing director of Steven Van Zandt's media and entertainment company, Renegade Nation.[3][9]

Beauvoir continues to produce, write and lead his group Crown of Thorns. Crown of Thorns re-released their 2008 CD "Faith" on June 9, 2009, in the US through Lost Cathedral Sony Red. He also writes and produces for other artists.[citation needed]

In 2014, Beauvoir was one of the executive producers of the "Hit" television show for SBS Discovery Television featuring the comedian "Kristian Valen", he also released an album "American Trash" worldwide through the label Frontiers Records with Micki Free under the project name Beauvoir/Free in June 2015.

May 2015, Beauvoir was recruited as U.S. CEO of the Norwegian children's animated property, City of Friends. Beauvoir has since resigned from this position.[10]

Beauvoir appeared at the three-day Rockingham 2016 festival on Saturday October 22, second to the headliner Steelheart.[11] Beauvoir also appeared at Bang Your Head Festival, Germany 2016, Graspop Festival, Belgium 2016, Azkena Rock Festival, Spain 2016 and performed at Ramblin Man Fair, UK 2016.


Beauvoir lives in Bonita Springs, Florida.[12]


The Plasmatics[edit]


Crown of Thorns[edit]

  • Crown of Thorns (1993)
  • Raw Thorns (demos from 1991 to 1994) (1994) (re-released in 2002 with bonus DVD)
  • 21 Thorns (re-release of first album + bonus disc of live tracks) (1995)
  • Breakthrough (1996)
  • Lost Cathedral (1998)
  • Destiny Unknown (2000)
  • Karma (2002)
  • Crown Jewels (greatest hits) (2004)
  • Faith (2008)
  • "Are You Ready" (Single)

Voodoo X[edit]

  • Vol. 1 The Awakening (1989)


  • American Trash (2015)

Productions, Songwriting and Performances (other artists)[edit]

Film – Television – Video[edit]

  • Cobra (Sylvester Stallone) "Feel The Heat" (Music Producer, songwriter, Performer and all instruments for lead song in film and trailer) 1986
  • Christmas with the Kranks (Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd) (Performer, producer, Songwriter and Instrumentation) end credit song, "Merry Christmas To All Of the World"
  • Pet Sematary (Stephen King) (Producer Of Title Track "Pet Sematary")
  • The Guilty (Bill Pullman) "Here She Comes" (Music Producer, songwriter, Performer and all instruments for end credit song)
  • Flawless (Robert De Niro) (Music Producer, Songwriter and Instrumentation for soundtrack "La Chica Marita" by Marcus Schenkenberg
  • Lifestyles of The Ramones (Featured Interview)
  • Shocker (Wes Craven) Songwriter of the title track "Shocker") film and soundtrack, 1989
  • Shocker (Wes Craven) "The Awakening" (Music Performer, Producer and Songwriter and Instrumentation) for film and soundtrack, 1989
  • Unthinkable (Samuel L. Jackson) Promotional Video (Music Producer and Songwriter)
  • School Of Rock (Jack Black) (Music Producer, Songwriter) for "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down" by The Ramones
  • Rock 'n Roll High School Forever (Music Producer, Songwriter and All Instruments) for the song "Cut Me To Pieces" performed by Dee Dee Ramone
  • Berlin Nights (Gabriela Tscherniak) Performer and actor
  • Sex, Violence & Values – Television Movie (Music Producer and Songwriter "UH! All Night", by the music group KISS)
  • The Ramones "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down" RV (Robin Williams) Commercial (Music Producer and Songwriter) 1986
  • Doro "Burn It Up" Doro: 25 Years In Rock (Featured Performance)
  • Too Tough To Die – A Tribute To Johnny Ramone Documentary "Ramones" – (Music Producer and Songwriter) 2006
  • So We May Grow – TV Short Story (Music Score Composer) 2014
  • Kanal Valen – (SBS Discovery) Television Series (Executive Producer and featured guest/performer) 2015
  • School OZ – (World's First Hologram Musical) (Music Songwriter for the Kpop Group Shinee)
  • Why Him? (Music Producer) Ramones – End title song, “Merry Christmas, I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight” 2017
  • The Killers Requiem (Actor and Producer, Music Supervisor)


  1. ^ a b Jean Beauvoir at Allmusic
  2. ^ "JEAN BEAUVOIR". Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "FEATURE: BLACK PUNK HISTORY—JEAN BEAUVOIR, THE ULTIMATE RENAISSANCE MAN". February 15, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  4. ^ Martin Booe (August 14, 1986). "JEAN BEAUVOIR TAKES MELLOW ROUTE". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "Asylum (Kiss album)", Wikipedia, January 19, 2020, retrieved April 8, 2020
  6. ^ Billboard Singles, AllMusic
  7. ^ Billboard, AllMusic
  8. ^ "Jean Beauvoir – About". mysite-4. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  9. ^ "Jean Beauvoir interviewed by The Bailey Bros (2010 RockUnited.Com)". Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  10. ^ "EPK". mysite-4. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  11. ^ "". Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "A punk icon in Bonita Springs". December 28, 2016. Retrieved March 28, 2020.

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